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Caroline Hébert

Location: Gatineau, QC

Award: Young Canadians

Category:

Year: 2007

Innovation:

J'ai d'la veine c'est piquant!

News Release

Young medical researchers from Québec honoured with Manning Innovation Awards at national fair

TRURO, NS — (May 22, 2007) Two Québec students have won Manning Innovation Awards for their medical research projects at the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF).

Caroline Hébert, of Gatineau, Québec received a $4000 Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award and a $500 Manning Innovation Achievement Award for her engineering project "J'ai d'la veine, c'est piquant!" Hébert designed, built and tested a system that makes it easier for nurses giving injections to find veins in a patient's arm. The high school student adapted an ordinary web cam so that it could detect infrared radiation (heat). The captured image, which is displayed on a computer monitor, shows the contrast between the flesh and the veins. The innovation is inexpensive and easy to use, and reduces patients' discomfort when receiving injections or having blood drawn.

Delphine Rémillard-Labrosse is an 18-year-old CEGEP student and budding medical researcher from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. Her science fair project delved into the biomolecular processes behind limb regeneration in the axolotl salamander. The salamander is highly resistant to cancer, making it of great interest to cancer researchers. Rémillard-Labrosse specifically examined how limb regeneration was affected when a known tumour-suppressor protein, p53, was inhibited. She received a $500 Manning Innovation Achievement Award for her project, "Bras de Fer: Axolotl vs. Cancer (Arm Wrestling: Axolotl vs. Cancer)." She was also honoured with a CWSF silver medal in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences Division, and a Quality of Life Student Research Award.

The Manning Innovation Award winners were among the approximately 25,000 young Canadians in Grades 7 though 12 who earlier this year competed in regional science fairs across the country. Of these students, 459 Finalists gathered at the 2007 Canada Wide Science Fair, held in the Colchester County of Nova Scotia from May 12-20th. The annual fair is the showcase event of Youth Science Foundation Canada.

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation introduced the Young Canadian Program in 1992 to recognize innovative Canada-Wide Science Fair projects. Each year a judging team selects eight winning projects for the $500 Manning Innovation Achievement Awards, which are presented at the science fair awards ceremony. Out of these projects, another four are selected for the $4000 Manning Young Canadian Innovation Awards. The top four award winners also receive invitations to the Foundation's annual awards dinner and ceremony.

Contact:
Bruce Fenwick
Executive Director, Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
Phone: 403-645-8277
Email: bruce.fenwick@encana.com

Lori Murray
Youth Science Foundation Canada
Phone: (Toll free) 866-341-0040 ext. 3
Email: communications@ysf-fsj.ca